Thursday, August 22, 2013

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4th August 2013

Bank Holiday Weekend
We welcome visitors to our parish on this bank holiday weekend.  We pray that you will have a safe and pleasant time among us and return to your homes relaxed and refreshed.
Please note the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.  All welcome.
There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Fiacre’s Church on Monday.
First Saturday Devotion
The usual devotions on the first Saturday of the month will be held at St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Saturday, 3rd August after 6.15pm Mass. Prayers and adoration will end at 9.00pm.  All are welcome.
Public Rosary
The monthly rosary on the first Sunday of the month in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues on this Sunday, 4th August at 3.00pm.  All are welcome.

Mill Hill Missionaries
The Mill Hill Missionaries on the Waterford Road, Kilkenny host a Mass in honour of St. Joseph on the first Wednesday of every month.  All are welcome to attend on this Wednesday evening, 7th August at 8.00pm.

Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer will take place in the Capuchin Friary Church, Kilkenny on next Sunday, 10th August from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Parish Shop
St. Patrick’s Parish Shop offers a wide range of religious items for sale at reasonable prices.  The shop is located in the foyer of our Parish Centre and is open during office hours.  This is the place to purchase bibles, rosary beads, holy water fonts and requisites for Baptism and other sacraments.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Ireland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 15th August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The consecration will take place at Knock Shrine, during the annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock.  Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, will lead the Act of Consecration. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh will be the principal celebrant and preacher at the Mass on that day.  Bishops, priests and people from across the country will be in attendance.
The Prayer of Consecration will entrust families, homes and the dioceses of Ireland to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and call on her to watch over the young people of Ireland.  As the universal Church is currently celebrating a Year of Faith, it is fitting that the Act of Consecration calls to mind the woman of faith par excellence and asks for her prayers for the people of this country.
Commenting ahead of the Consecration Cardinal Brady said: “In his recent encyclical for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis invited us to turn to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our Faith.  I am very pleased that the Irish Catholic Bishops decided at their June meeting to consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am looking forward to being at our National Shrine in Knock on the 15th August to ask Mary’s maternal blessing on the people of Ireland.  The Feast of the Assumption is one of the biggest days of the year in Knock, with bishops, priests and people present for the opening of the Novena.  I invite the people of Ireland to come along to Knock on the day or to join in this beautiful devotional act by praying the prayer of entrustment in their homes and parish churches.”
We encourage parishioners to consider making a pilgrimage to Knock for this long-anticipated occasion.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Marie Nichols, Loughboy Park.  Mary (Melly) Bourke, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Paddy McCabe, Old Callan Road. Cornelius Mulvihill, Dublin.  Interment at Foulkstown Cemetery at approximately 1.30pm on Wednesday, 7th August.  Myra Quinn, England and late Corcoran Terrace. Burial of ashes at Foulkstown Cemetery at 11.00am on Saturday, 10th August.
Anniversaries:  Ellen Grace (Sat 6:15). Annie Lennon (Sat: 7.00). Frank Stapleton (Sun 12.30). James & Joe Delaney (Fri 9.30). Nuala & Phelim McConville (Fri 10.30). Ellen McEvoy (Sat 9.30). Mary Tynan. David, Jim & Peggy Gaffney. Claire Mahon. Molly Gahan. Martin Doheny, Joseph Browne. Michael Browne. James & Eileen Kearney.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15). Jackie Coonan (Sat 7.00). Jim Drohan (Sun 10.00). Gabriel Warde (Sun 12.00). Margaret Shanahan (Sun 12.30).

Youth Prayer Festival in Medjugorje
A total of 74 young people from Kilkenny and their leaders are in Medjugorje at the moment for the International Youth Prayer Festival.  The theme of the 24th International Festival is “Faith Working Through Love”.
Let us continue to pray for our young people, many from St. Patrick’s Parish, during their pilgrimage.  (See

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2013.   For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people. See

Useful Websites
Have you visited our parish website recently?  Have a look at
Our diocesan website is which enables us to keep up to date on diocesan issues.

Music Workshop
Dr. Eddie Jones and the University of Arkansas Gospel Choir will lead a series of workshops on Music and Prayer on Friday, 9th August and Saturday, 10th  August in the Pembroke Hotel.  The choir will lead the music ministry for Mass in St. Mary's Cathedral on Sunday, 11th August at 11.00am. Information from or 087 628 6858.

Dochas Nasamu Orphanage
An Irish run and Irish built aids orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, is holding a used clothing appeal for ladies, gents and children’s clothes, shoes, household linens, e.g. towels, sheets, blankets, soft toys, handbags etc. in whatever condition so long as the items are clean.  This appeal - which is organised by a St. Patrick’s Parish parishioner - will take place on Friday, 9th August, from 9.00am to 10.30am at the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre Car Park.  For further information, please contact Marie on  087 689 0995.

Sponsored Walk
Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge - Nore Valley Walk, Sunday, 18th August in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.  Walk starts at picnic tables in Maudlin Street (bottom of hill near motor tax offices) at 11.00am sharp.  Registration at 10.30am. €10 entrance fee which goes directly to the charity. Sponsorship cards available, contact 085 810 7890 for a card.  Length: 11kms each way. Duration: 3.5 - 5 hours (both ways).  Option to go one way - lifts will be arranged back to Kilkenny.  Contact Aoife on 085 810 7890 or for any further details

Clothing Collection
You are invited to support a used clothing collection in aid of Fr. Nicholas Maanzo and his parish of St. Augustine’s Kitui, Kenya.  The collection will take place on Wednesday, 7th August between 9.00am and 12 noon at St. Patrick's Church, St. Fiacre’s Church and Foulkstown Church.  For further information please consult the poster at rear of the church.